Brace up for mother of all strikes, varsity unions warn
As the non-teaching staff of Nigerian Universities end their five days warning strike across the country, the workers have warned of a crippling industrial action if the Federal Government fails to meet their demands.
The university staff, under the aegis of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU, and Non-Academic Staff Union, NASU, are demanding the release of N30 billion for their earned allowances.
Speaking on behalf of the two unions at press conference in Abuja, the National Vice President of SSANU, Comrade Solomon Alfa, accused government of discriminating against them and giving preferential treatment to the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU.
SSANU and NASU further noted that 80 per cent of the money earlier released by the Federal government to the universities was given to ASUU, adding that the action was too discriminatory.
The unions adjudged the 5-day warning strike embarked upon last Monday to press home their demands as very successful, stating that the federal government had failed to show commitment towards settling pending issues, one of which is the payment of earned allowances to their members.
“Consequently, the JAC of SSANU and NASU is demanding the sum of N30 billion from the Federal Government for payment to the non-teaching staff in order to close the gap it created by the discriminatory allocations.
“Thereafter JAC expects that government will not allow such dichotomy to raise its ugly head in the system again after defraying the balance”.
“This repeated discriminatory practice by the government of the day in favour of ASUU and against the non-teaching staff is not only worrisome but has portrayed the present government as bias as well as causing divide and rule capable of creating disharmony in the system as an avenue to crumble and kill the university education system.
“Therefore, the JAC of SSANU and NASU is calling on all Nigerians to condemn this act of government with a view to correcting itself,” the unions said.